US Department of State – Passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

U.S. Department of State – Statement on the Passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Washinton, DC (STL.News) The U.S. Department of State released the following statement today, Sunday, January 23, 2022:

On behalf of the American people, we express our sincere condolences on the passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement and the Plum Village Tradition, a monastic practice centered on mindfulness.

A world-renowned and beloved teacher and spiritual leader who reached people of all faiths, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh spent more than 60 years championing religious freedom, human rights, non-violence, and love to all.  His life’s work earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and many other commendations.

He was a prominent presence far beyond the spiritual community, and the world will sorely miss Thich Nhat Hanh’s thoughtful voice.  As we reflect on his life, we remember his lasting legacy and the profound mark he left on humanity.  Our thoughts are with the people of Vietnam, where he was born and passed away, and also those around the world inspired by his gentle spirit.